May 21, 2018

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Public Safety

Tick-borne diseases: Every man for himself

For instance, many doctors today will inform patients that a tick has to sink its razor sharp jaws into human flesh for 24 to 48 hours before the little bugger spits its debilitating Lyme bacteria or else some other disease-causing crud into an unsuspecting person’s bloodstream. […]


Thar she blows — again, and again!

The ominous swirling clouds that swept across the Blue Ridge Mountains into Rappahannock County Thursday afternoon, followed by even more severe storms Monday evening — labeled a “mini derecho” by National Weather Service — were entirely different monsters. […]


Settling for seeds

This curious black bear didn’t find any picnic baskets to rummage through while lumbering around the Fodderstack property of Donald and Denise Chandler, but bird seed is always a flavorful second option, especially when provided a choice of dispensers. […]

Letters to the Editor

Clean sweep: Thornton scores 11 out of 12

A huge thank you to all who participated in the recent Thornton River cleanup in Sperryville. Projects like this are critical to make our streams clean and safe. Hopefully you saw the article three weeks ago highlighting the monitoring of the Rush River with Mike Wenger and team. […]

Letters to the Editor

Tannerite is welcome, but not visitors?

I would respectfully suggest she reconsider before someone challenges this statute as overly broad and violative of the 1st amendment. The limitation on large commercial signage to maintain the appearance of our county may or may not be appropriate. This is not commercial signage. […]


Food Pantry gala to remember

Raffle tickets were plucked from a bucket by St. Peter Catholic Church Father Horace “Tuck” Grinnell, and true to his signature generosity host John Anderson — the lucky ticket holder for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington — immediately asked for another ticket to be drawn. […]


Why did the cows cross the road?

Three cows jumped their fence and crossed Ben Venue Road to stake a claim to greener grass, which called into action Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Leilani Stanley and Ben Venue resident Bob Mann to round them up and steer them home. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for May 17

The annual Relay for Life “Rounding up a Cure” is this Saturday, May 19th, at the Elementary School with many activities from 2 – 10 p.m.; and turn to the angels when the heavens open up. […]

Crime & Courts

Virginia Supreme Court grants Bragg FOIA appeal

In the case of Marian Bragg vs the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Supreme Court today (Thursday, May 17) upheld the local llama farmer’s appeal of a lower Rappahannock County Circuit Court ruling surrounding enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). […]

Rappahannock Weather

Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Tomorrow is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as today. Thunderstorms.
Chance of Rain
Monday 40%
High 80° / Low 62°
Chance of Rain
Chance of showers. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
Tuesday 90%
High 80° / Low 63°
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then mainly cloudy during the afternoon with thunderstorms likely. High near 80F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%.

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The Wild Ideas Nature Column

Wild Ideas: Spring limps on

Despite the continuing cold and snowy weather, spring limps on, and Pam Owen’s been busy trying to keep up on the many changes among our native flora and fauna, in this week’s Wild Ideas column. […]

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    May 24, 2018  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Rd, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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